Rodeo fosters friendships among volunteers

 

The longest running charity event in middle Tennessee stampedes into Franklin next month.

The 69th annual Franklin Rodeo will return May 17-19 to the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Park.

It brings a taste of the West to horse country, with several hundred cowboys and cowgirls coming to Franklin to compete in seven pro rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, and everyone’s favorite, the bull riding.

The rodeo is produced by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, with volunteers who donate nearly all of the time and labor to produce it.

For Zane Martin, it’s a labor of love. Martin, president of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, was born and raised in Franklin by his grandparents, William C. and Faye Baggett. His grandfather was never involved with the Noon Rotary Club but his deep respect for its members left an impression on the young Martin.

New to the rodeo this year is a VIP Corral. It is an exclusive VIP dining area, luxury-box style, in the first three rows of the stands, putting the VIPs up close to the action. The Corral includes specially catered food and desserts, VIP parking, and four drink tickets for Jack Daniels spirits, Mantra Artisan Ales or wine. Corral tickets are $100, must be purchased in advance and are limited to 100 people per show.

Tickets for the rodeo are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FranklinRodeo.com or at the gate. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on May 17 – 18 – 19. For more information, visit the website or call 615-RODEO-11.

 

A bull rider rides for the eight second buzzer at the 2017 Franklin Rodeo. Tickets are on sale for this year’s rodeo, which is May 17-18-19 at the Williamson Ag Expo Center. Photo by Tom Thomson.